Military service is ‘a great idea’

2010-05-15 00:00

WHEN I saw the headline “Military training for ANCYL leaders”, my heart skipped a beat and it got me thinking that the African National Congress Youth League president Julius Malema must be trying to implement everything “his” Kill the boer song suggests.

With Malema having spoken about nationalisation of the mines and how the land issue needs to be redressed, I thought that “Motormouth” Malema was taking things a bit too far. It all started to make sense, what with his visit to Zimbabwe and his endorsement of Zanu-PF and its life-long president Robert Mugabe.

After the Zim visit, he went to South America to visit Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the pieces of the puzzle came together to make what is not a pretty picture.

My thoughts went along the lines of: “So Juju wants to lead from the front by undergoing military service with his executive committee so that the masses will follow suit in order to take over forcefully white farms and mines.

“How can he be allowed to do this? It would mean that the green people and the lemon-chewers were right when they said that South Africa will be just another Zimbabwe.”

When I finally read the whole story, I was more than relieved. I thought: “This is one of the better suggestions I have heard from anyone, from any political party, in order to help fight unemployment, drugs and ill-discipline among the youth and transfer skills, etc.”

In addition, it would all happen within one programme. According to the Minister of Defence, Lindiwe Sisulu, national service will allow the unemployed youth to acquire military skills, along with other skills such as those found in the medical health services, and get practical experience. Talk about killing five birds with one stone.

Our government has thrown down the gauntlet to the unemployed youth of this country and the onus is on them to put their money where their mouth is.

A lot of people have said that the government must create jobs for us, but no, the government creates opportunities for its citizens, not jobs. The government is not an employer but it should try to equip citizens with the tools needed to survive and I feel (and I know) that this is what national service will do for the millions of young people who need such intervention.

It’s also a good thing that Malema is going on the programme as, even if it teaches him no skills, it should at least teach him some level of discipline and how to handle himself. If only they would assign him to a hard-line platoon that would straighten him like the stick of a spear, if you don’t mind my direct Zulu translated — aqondise okwenduku yomkhonto.

I would take up such an offer, given the opportunity.

I am sure the likes of Helen Zille must be thinking: “If only Malema would join the air force and go on a mission that ends with his plane going missing.” It won’t happen Aunty Helen, it won’t happen. Malema likes to shoot, as long as it is not a boer that he ends up shooting while in training.

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